Singapore Presents More Than 400 Hours of Compelling Content for Global Audiences at Hong Kong Filmart 2018

Singapore Presents More Than 400 Hours of Compelling Content for Global Audiences at Hong Kong Filmart 2018

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SINGAPORE, March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This year, Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will lead a delegation of 23 Singapore media companies to Hong Kong Filmart 2018, presenting over 400 hours of compelling stories from Asia across 54 titles. The Singapore companies at the market range from film and TV producers such as Clover Films, Sitting in Pictures and WaWa Pictures, to distributors like Ying Group and Bomanbridge Media.  

1. Coming to a screen near you soon | Gearing up for an exciting line-up in 2018 and beyond 

  • Ever wondered what happens when Japanese ramen meets Singaporean bak kut teh (a pork rib dish cooked in broth)? Ramen Teh, which premiered internationally at the Culinary Cinema section of the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018, sees Masato, a young Japanese ramen chef travelling to Singapore after the sudden death of his father, when he chances upon a red notebook left behind by his Singaporean mother who died when he was 10 years old. Acting on a hunch, he takes off for Singapore with the notebook, hoping to discover the stories behind his Singaporean heritage, as well as that of his parents. Ramen Tehis directed by acclaimed Singapore director Eric Khoo, and produced by Zhao Wei Films.
  • The Big Day is a romantic comedy produced by Clover Films, Weiyu Films and mm2 Entertainment. When Su Yu, a free-spirited diving instructor, says “Yes” to Nuo Yan, a modern funeral director, she imagines a simple wedding. But the reality is just the opposite on their big day – from overbearing in-laws, to loan sharks, to a jealous best friend, to a house on fire and a funeral on the same day, the couple find their love for each other being tested by family, foes, and fate.
  • In sports comedy Behind the Wheels, Charlie, a notoriously tenacious underdog car racing enthusiast finds himself stuck with an autistic girl, Stef, who refuses to leave his side. With no credentials, experience and workshop to back him up, follow Charlie on his adventure, as he defines all odds to become the youngest street racer in the Championship Race. Behind The Wheels is produced by Bert Pictures.
  • La Luna by Papahan Films is a comedic tale of a young woman who sets up a lingerie shop in a conservative Muslim village. Not only does she challenge age-old traditions, she also turns the villagers’ lives upside down. Papahan Films shared more details about La Luna during the Singapore Hour networking session on 19 March, 4pm at the Singapore Pavilion, 1B-C18, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • One Headlight bymm2 Entertainment is a musical feature film that sees aspiring musician Wenkai go on a road trip with his five-year-old niece to fulfil his deceased sister’s wish of reuniting the little girl with her father. As they travel across the Taiwan coast to piece together the puzzle behind her father’s whereabouts, Wenkai finds himself bonding with his niece over something very unexpected – classic old songs.
  • In Blessed Reunion by Weiyu Films, Min, a female assassin, returns to her Malaysian hometown after years in exile – her mother is dying and has requested a final Chinese New Year reunion dinner with the family. It turns out to be an explosive New Year’s Eve when family secrets – long buried – spill into the open. Min’s life is also threatened, as a ruthless gang leader tracked her down from Bangkok to Malaysia, seeking revenge on her for killing his father.

2. Intriguing Stories Across Genres | Diverse variety of television content from Singapore, from drama, to thrillers, to animation and more 

  • Embark on a gastronomic journey along the ancient Silk Road on Delicacy Hunter: On The Silk Road, a lifestyle series which features Chef Jamie, a fun, young British chef who speaks fluent Chinese. In Delicacy Hunter, Jamie will be challenged to combine what he has learnt with his own understanding of different cuisines to create his own Silk Road-inspired feasts along the way. Delicacy Hunter: On The Silk Road is produced by IFA Media and distributed by Bomanbridge Media.
  • Timescapes: Asian Short Stories is a collection of five animated short films about life, love, set against the backdrops of past and present Asian stories. With virtually no dialogue, each film is accompanied by a musical score and aims to show how our living landscapes and surroundings intertwine with our memories and imagination. The moving anthology film is produced by Robot Playground Media and Starhub Singapore and distributed by Ying Group. Timescapes is a project commissioned by StarHub Singapore under IMDA’s Public Service Broadcast Contestable Funds Scheme (PCFS).
  • Kid Napped by August Pictures is a tele-movie that tells the story of Mia and her quest to be reunited with her son. After her release from prison, Mia manages to track down her son Xiaojie in a car that he was sleeping in, only to have the car driven off by a mysterious man, Ah Zheng. Will Xiaojie eventually be reunited with Mia? 
  • In action thriller MISSING, protagonist Sean’s brother, Sam, went missing. Fast forward to thirty years later, where Sean is now an Inspector in the Crime Investigation Department’s Special Investigation Section. With access to old case files, Sean pours over them and narrowed down his search to one place – Bangkok, Thailand – to look for his missing brother. MISSING is produced Wawa Pictures and distributed by Mediacorp.
  • Ever wondered what it takes to be a national athlete? In sports reality programme Challenge Accepted, find out if national athletes’ passion for their sports such as mixed martial arts (MMA), Equestrian and Gymnastics are enough to spur average men or women to achieve beyond their wildest dreams, as they embark on the rigorous training together with these athletes. Challenge Accepted is produced by The Moving Visuals Co and distributed by Ying Group. 

3.    Networking opportunities at Hong Kong Filmart

  • International trade partners met and networked with the Singapore delegation during Singapore Hour, which took place on 19 March 2018, Monday, 4pm5pm at the Singapore Pavilion (1B-C18), Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • Information on participating companies at the Singapore Pavilion can be found in Annex A.

About Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) leads Singapore’s digital transformation with infocomm media. To do this, IMDA will develop a dynamic digital economy and a cohesive digital society, driven by an exceptional infocomm media (ICM) ecosystem – by developing talent, strengthening business capabilities, and enhancing Singapore’s ICM infrastructure. IMDA also regulates the telecommunications and media sectors to safeguard consumer interests while fostering a pro-business environment, and enhances Singapore’s data protection regime through the Personal Data Protection Commission. For more news and information, visit or follow IMDA on Facebook IMDAsg and Twitter @IMDAsg.


Singapore Pavilion

| Located at 1B-C18, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 


Name of Company


A Little Seed


August Pictures Pte Ltd 


BananaMana Films Pte Ltd


Bert Pictures


Bomanbridge Media


Clover Films


Encore Films 


J Team Productions


Liang Li Media 


M’GO Films




mm2 Entertainment Pte Ltd 


Mocha Chai Labratories


Papahan Films Pte Ltd


Perfect World Pictures (Singapore)


Sitting in Pictures Pte Ltd


Taipan Films Pte Ltd


The Moving Visuals Co


Very Tay


Wawa Pictures Pte Ltd


Weiyu Films


Ying Group Pte Ltd


Zhaowei Films


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GAC Motor to Light Up First Appearance at NADA 2018 with Four Premium Vehicle Models


GAC Motor to Light Up First Appearance at NADA 2018 with Four Premium Vehicle Models

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LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Chinese automaker GAC Motor will attend the National Automobile Dealers Association Show (NADA Show) for the first time at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 23-25.GAC Motor will be at booth number 274N and bring a star lineup of best-selling vehicles including the GS8, GS4, GM8 and GA4.The trip officially kicks off the company’s development of a dealership network in North America.

One key event during the show is the 2018 GAC Motor dealer gathering, which is scheduled on March 23 in the Four Seasons Hotel exclusively for dealers. As a premier marketplace of auto products, services and technologies, the NADA Show provides a platform for automakers to connect with dealers.

GAC Motor’s first minivan GM8 makes its debut at 2017 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition

“In light of our announcement to enter the U.S. market in 2019 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), coming to the NADA Show is a perfect start for GAC Motor to build partnerships and develop our dealership network in the North American market,” said Yu Jun, President of GAC Motor.

“We hope to enhance GAC Motor’s reputation, lay a solid foundation for a future sales network and further demonstrate our determination to enter the U.S. market at the NADA Show. We’ve been negotiating with a lot of local dealers, and we welcome more to join us in Las Vegas.”

Yu Jun, President of GAC Motor

For the first appearance on NADA show, GAC Motor is well prepared to bring four premium vehicle models, all of which have showed solid performance in the international market.

The GS8 SUV has become hugely popular both in the domestic and global market. Since its release in October 2016, the Vehicle has ranked No.1 in the domestic 7-seat SUV market segment, which made a historic breakthrough for Chinese brand high-end SUVs.

GAC Motor’s luxury GS8 SUV

The GM8, the brand’s first minivan released only two months ago, has highlighted GAC Motor’s latest achievements in independent research and development (R&D) and cutting-edge technologies. At the 2018 NAIAS, GAC Motor released its latest sedan, the GA4, which was developed on the company’s G-CPMA platform, a model that has enabled the automaker to enter the A-level market.

GAC Motor’s best-selling SUV model, the GS4, has ranked among the top three in the SUV market with 841,410 cars sold since April 2015.

GAC Motor, China’s fastest-growing automaker, has established a world-class manufacturing system, as well as a global R&D network and supply chain. The company sold 508,600 vehicles in 2017, a 37 percent year-on-year growth rate. In the first two months of 2018, GAC Motor made history again with 95,136 cars sold, a 20.3 percent year-on-year increase that got the brand off to a flying start.

GAC Motor’s intelligent and information-based production line layout

“By participating in NADA, we hope to speed up the building of our global dealership network. GAC Motor has always insisted on building high-end, world-class products with a craftsman’s spirit,” Yu said.

About GAC Motor

Founded in 2008, Guangzhou Automobile Group Motor CO., LTD (GAC Motor) is a subsidiary of GAC Group which ranks the 238th among the Fortune Global 500 companies. The company develops and manufactures premium quality vehicles, engines, components and auto accessories. GAC Motor has now ranked the first among all Chinese brands for five consecutive years in J.D. Power Asia Pacific’s China Initial Quality Study SM (IQS), demonstrating the company’s quality-centric strategy from innovative research and development (R&D), manufacturing to supply chain and sales & services.

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Inspur Unveils Open Source Software Adapted Server at OpenPOWER Summit 2018

Inspur Unveils Open Source Software Adapted Server at OpenPOWER Summit 2018

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LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2018/PRNewswire/ – Inspur, a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, showcased its FP5280G2 server based on OpenPOWER9 that has completed the adaptation of mainstream open source software for cloud computing, big data and AI. It was the first time that this product was introduced in North America. As the initiator of the OpenPOWER Foundation, IBM disclosed more details of POWER9 processors: designed for emerging applications such as AI, cloud computing, and big data, and has 50% to 200% performance improvement compared to POWER8.

Completion of Open Source Software Adaptation of Mass-producible OpenPOWER9 Server

Inspur’s demo at the OpenPOWER Summit shows the server allows for scalability of 44 processor cores, 2TB DDR4 memory, and 4 GPUs, which can significantly reduce the offline training time of AI systems, and it uses PCI-E4.0 and NVlink2.0 to better solve I/O problems between different GPUs. Compared with the previous generation OpenPOWER8 platform, training time can be reduced by 75%-90% for the training cases based on mainstream frameworks such as TensorFlow and Caffe-MPI.

As an optimized product designed for Internet operators, this product has completed the adaptation and optimization of major AI data such as SPARK, OpenStack, and Hadoop, cloud computing open source software and TensorFlow AI framework, and can be well applied in cloud, big data, and AI application scenarios. Moreover, the product supports 14 PCI-E SSDs, and would be an ideal platform for Internet operators’ SQL databases, coupled with the high performance and high reliability of the POWER platforms.

Hu Leijun, VP of Inspur Group, said that this product is ready for mass production and would be commercially available to customers once the OpenPOWER9 processor is officially launched.

OpenPOWER Promoting Smart Computing and Diversified Ecology

Inspur is a major global partner of IBM and has always played an important role in the OpenPOWER ecosystem, but the industrial ecology is the main challenge in developing the OpenPOWER. In September 2017, Inspur and IBM announced the establishment of a joint venture to develop, manufacture, and sell servers based on open Power technology, and the OpenPOWER server will be, among other things, an important product of the joint venture.

Hu Leijun said that customers would have diversified needs in the era of smart computing, which calls for an open and integrated computing industry ecosystem. The OpenPOWER is an open ecology such that its architecture not only has unique advantages in many aspects but can meet customers’ differentiated needs. Inspur has been developing and optimizing various solutions to promote the development of the OpenPOWER ecosystem and integration with other technology ecosystems.

In 2017, Inspur officially released a smart computing strategy and proposed an overall strategy for building an open and integrated computing ecosystem. At present, Inspur’s computing solutions cover Intel Xeon, Atom, OpenPOWER, and ARM, as well as heterogeneous technologies such as MIC/GPU/FPGA. It is currently one of the vendors of the most complete computing solutions.

Enhancing Inspur’s AI Business

Inspur’s promotion of the OpenPOWER ecosystem will also enhance its AI business. Inspur’s AI training program meets different training needs from small-scale sample training to a multi-billion-sample, trillion-parameter-level model training. In addition, Inspur has developed AIstation and other AI platform software, and an AI platform technology system integrating hardware and software.

POWER9 supports PIC-E4.0, NVlink2.0, and other next-generation I/O protocols faster than other platforms, and it has better performance in AI and other applications. Thanks to the OpenPOWER9 server, Inspur will provide Internet operators with more options to further their AI capabilities.

Inspur – a Leading Server Provider under New Innovation Model

In recent years, Inspur has maintained a rapid growth, ranking first in growth rate and third in sales volume worldwide according to the 2017 global server market report released by Gartner, a global analysis agency.

Inspur’s rapid development is due in large part to its unique JDM (joint design manufacturing) model: an application-centric model that centers on product innovation and solution delivery for cloud computing, Internet, and AI applications. It integrates Inspur’s and the customer’s industrial chain and provides services from development and production to supply and O&M. On this model, Inspur plans to continue and bolster its investment in providing customers with advanced, robust, and diversified computing solutions.

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